Outdoor

More birds, roosters and opportunity this pheasant season

The statewide pheasant season opens Saturday, and it promises to be a memorable one for hunters statewide. Revenue generated by Pennsylvania’s pheasant-hunting permit has been pumped back into the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program, and hunters this season are expected to see ...

Audubon president says West Nile findings ‘low level of concern’

In response to recent reporting that West Nile Virus was found on the premises of Audubon Community Nature Center, President Leigh Rovegno released the following statement: “Audubon Community Nature Center has been a test site for the New York State Health Department for over 15 years. They ...

A cutting edge

The Johnny Appleseed Festival has been a growing event in Sheffield for well over a decade. The Lumberjack and Lumberjill competitions have brought in timbersport competitors from around the globe. There’s been one quiet competitor from right here in Warren County. Collin Shephard, a ...

Adapt to survive

How long does it take an eight-point buck to cross the Allegheny Reservoir? A little more than half an hour, it turns out. According to Earl Schweitzer, of Corry, the eight-point buck he took a video of in mid-September was about a third of the way across the reservoir when he and his ...

Flathead catfish still hitting down-river

Mid-September was about as late as we have fished for flathead catfish in Pennsylvania, so there was a fair amount of curiosity attached to this fishing trip. Our destination, on the Allegheny River at Kennerdell. Herb Wagner said we were getting started too late. He would have preferred ...

Feds support project to track species in decline

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to support a proposal for further expansion of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System in Pennsylvania and four other states to monitor eight migratory species of greatest conservation and other wildlife. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will lead a ...

Hard to believe we’re into fall

October is getting almost too close to avoid this September being one of the warmest on record for Northwest Pennsylvania. Yet we did have a fall cool-off. Unfortunately, it was a cool-off from the 90s. The temperature did dip into the low 50s one night while sitting in the backyard by the ...

Hunt safely; wear a harness

Scouring nearly 30 years of medical-database records, a group of doctors has found that nearly 40 hunters each year in Pennsylvania experience falls from tree stands that result in traumatic injuries. On its own, that number might be surprising; even sobering. But it tells only part of the ...

Audubon Little Explorers will have a Fall Frolic on Saturday, Oct. 13

A new season means that big changes are coming to Audubon Community Nature Center. On Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., you and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn all about these amazing changes and have a Fall Frolic at Little Explorers. Every fall ...

Wildlife tracking to include Warren Co.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to offer financial backing to a wildlife tracking system to specifically monitor eight migratory species across five states. And the project reaches into Warren County. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced the investment and expansion of ...

The moment I knew

There are some people that can remember the exact moment they knew what they were going to do with the rest their life. Me, I think I’m one of those people. I remember the exact moment I knew I was meant to be a naturalist. Growing up my sister, Clare, and I spent a lot of time catching ...

Goodbye to summer; hello to pike

A turn in the weather. That is all it takes to get pike excited about fall. Forget the calendar. Fall begins whenever nature decides it will begin. Or maybe pike decide when fall begins. They are mean enough to do it. Pike ooze mean. Look a pike in the eyes. Evil, not just nasty. I think ...

Ruffed Grouse Society announces 12 ‘Women’s’ shooting graduates

The Ruffed Grouse Society has announced the twelve graduates of the introductory “Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting” (WIW) program led by the Allegheny Chapter and hosted by the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club in McKean County. The 12 graduates of the four-day course on wingshooting and ...

TO DO

To get your items in the Outdoors Calendar contact mikeb73@verizon.net or phone (814) 726-1035 - Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.: trap and skeet practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club - Thursdays, must arrive before 9:30 a.m.: one round only sporting clays practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club - ...

Last day for Audubon bird seed orders

With fall just around the corner, now is the time to stock up on birdseed to be sure your feathered friends visit your home throughout the winter. Thursday, September 27, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for ordering bird seed and related treats from Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) Fall ...

Put Lake Ontario in your plans soon

Fish populations tend to go up and down. Sometimes we tire of fisheries, often fisheries that are so good that it is almost can’t miss. On the Great Lakes, weather can wipe out entire seasons when the bad weather happens on the days you could have fished. I am running out of excuses for ...

CWD rules affect out-of-state hunters

Pennsylvanians who harvest deer, elk, mule deer or moose out-of-state likely can’t bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD). Pennsylvania long has prohibited the importation of high-risk cervid parts from ...

TO DO

To get your items in the Outdoors Calendar contact mikeb73@verizon.net or phone (814) 726-1035 - Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.: trap and skeet practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club - Thursdays, must arrive before 9:30 a.m.: one round only sporting clays practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club - ...

Allegheny wild

An advantage to outings in the Warren area, with the various state game lands and the Allegheny National Forest close at hand, is that one never knows when some unexpected wildlife sighting will occur. So these trips afield provide a dimension that a walk, say, in New York’s Central Park ...

Hitting Pymatuning while it’s hot

The spring trap net survey of Pymatuning Reservoir conducted this spring by Fisheries Management Area 1 indicated a great walleye population and a nice number of quality crappie. So why does it seem that no one really cares? A couple of things have conspired against Pymatuning walleye ...